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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Canadian Grand Prix Preview

With Canadian GP F1 circus travels to the other side of Atlantic.Not many intestring developments have happened between Silverstone and now other than Renault going public with their intention to Fisichella leading their 2007 campaign

The Circuit:

Montreal has a high attrition rate and is very hard on the cars, particularly on brakes and transmission. The track is made up of straights and low speed chicanes, so engine power counts for a lot. After Monza it is one the hardest circuits on brakes. The circuit is only used once a year (Champ car series uses this circuit but after F1 race in August) and the surface is usually very slippery. The level of fuel consumption is quite high. The circuit suits a very soft tyre.

Overtaking manoeuvres : mainly into the hairpin and the final chicane.

Points of Interest: With team trusting Fisi for 2007 , will Fisichella who has done well at Montreal beat Alonso to win his second race of season. Alonso is using his final season in Renault car to complete his to do list ,to win on the circuits he has not won before , and Montreal is one of them. Incidentally this is where we have seen 2005 Champ scoring his only DNF in 2005 ,his last one for that.

Ferrari has been showing better straight line speeds than their competition ,will this help them to ace Montreal race , which has lots of straights ,will be a point of interest for the fans.
Mclaren has continued to improve after their Barcelona Debacle , Monaco and Silverstone has shown their return to form, they have been doing their preparation for highspeed American circuits with Ferrari at Paul Richard, how much that has helped their cause will be known over the weekend.
Sauber BMW has shown tremendous improvement in British GP with both Nick & JV finishing in points. This form has made team boss Mario Thiessen to claim that they are the fourth best team on the grid after Renault-Ferrari-Mclaren. The claim will be validated at Montreal, and the local fans will indeed be rooting for Homeboy Jacques Villeneuve to perform well.
Williams are traveling to the American leg of the campaign with complete upgrade of their package which they have tested by running 2500 kms in recent tests at Monza. How much returns Canadian and Indy races give to the team will be known. The team has been tad too unlucky especially Webber who has retirements while running in strong positions this seasons, fans must be rooting for change of luck for mark & Team Williams.

2005 Podium
K. Raikkonen / M. Schumacher / R. Barrichello

5 Previous Winners
- K. Raikkonen (McLaren Mercedes, 2005).

- M. Schumacher (Ferrari, 2004).
- M. Schumacher (Ferrari, 2003).
- M. Schumacher (Ferrari, 2002).
- R. Schumacher ( BMW Williams, 2001).

Fastest Lap
R. Barrichello - 01.13.622 (Ferrari, 2004)

2005 Pole

J. Button - 01.15.217 (BAR Honda, 2005)



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